We always recommend that you hire a professional to do the job for you for multiple reasons which include experience and insurance of an excellent job! But for people who wish to know how to paint kitchen cabinets without a professional sprayer, this is how you can get professional looking results for under $200.
I have been getting a ton of questions via recently about one of our Facebook postings in which I painted our kitchen walls and cabinets. Most individuals are curious and want to learn how to paint kitchen cabinets, and how much it cost to receive our cabinets looking like new.
Our house is quite old and so are our cabinets. It did not bother us at first but finally, we got sick of looking at that ugly veneer look so we decided it was time for a makeover.
It is not very hard to paint veneer it just needs the right prep work. If you hire a professional I would suggest trying to do as much as possible yourself such as taking off the doors and hardware and maybe sanding them lightly with a 220 grit sanding block. Just a light scuff will do (imagine you’re cleaning a window). That will save you a couple of dollars. But if you decide to do it on your own here are a few hints on how to paint kitchen cabinets and get amazing and long lasting results.
Preparation When Painting Kitchen Cabinets
After you eliminate your doors (or simply masking your hinges) lightly sand/scuff the surfaces that are being painted with a 220 grit sanding block. Use a Sort of degreasers such as Windex or Zep Citrus Degreaser.
Next, you have 2 options.You can use a 220 grit sandpaper and lightly scuff your surfaces or use Krud Kutter-Gloss Away which you can wipe on using a rag and let it sit for 10 minutes. Your surfaces will be deglossed without having to sand them.
Your next step is to prime the surfaces with the ideal primer. I used one coat of “INSL-X Stix” that is a urethane acrylic You can find it online or at your local Benjamin Moore Supplier. Check your local Hardware store.
With a good quality paint will allow you to get the best finish possible. I suggest using Benjamin Moore Advance Alkyd. It is very easy to work with and dries to a tough and durable finish.
Using a 2-inch Nylon paintbrush begin cutting around the hardware (if you did not get rid of the doors) and any places your Whizz™ roller won’t reach. Then use your Whizz™ roller to use your ALKYD enamel. Try to paint in the exact same way as your grain (if your cabinet has a fake wood pattern). You may hang your doors now but bear in mind that even though the enamel will dry overnight, it still requires 30 days to fully cure so be cautious and try to avoid scrubbing them until those 30 days.
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